Welcome to the first Unofficial GMA 500 Driver Support  website for Windows!
This project started in August 2012 when I thought,for the first time, that informations about this GPU were fragmentary and available on too many forums with too many pages!
So finally I decided to upload all into one blog  where people could find easily and quickly news and optimized drivers.
From that day over 200.000+ visitors, from all over the world, saw the first GMA 500 blog for Windows. Thank you!
In this website you can find also all you can need to make your GMA 500 faster and INTEL ATOM Tips.
I talk about many things that you can read on older pages as how to: improve fsb; improve ram,video,windows,web performance;ect ect. So it's better that you read all the blog before write a comment! (34 posts aren't too much).
The driver available here is programmed by Official Intel Embedded Team and fixed by me for a perfect fit on US15 platform (small form factor of US15W: GMA500 Devices).
Actually my release is compatible with various devices but please confirm,writting a comment, if your notebook\pc isn't in confirmed supported list
All stuff posted is tested by my trusted device ASUS 1101HA (for this reason i can't guarantee correct operations on other netbook\pc).
All trademarks and\or logos contained in the website's sections belong to their owners.
For any copyright issues or advice don't hesitate to contact me using the appropriate button.
On April 2013 Intel Embedded Team seems to have dismiss US15 support so my latest fixed driver package is builded on May 2014!
I will update all my projects to the definitive versions in 2015-2016.

ITA.Questo sito nasce dalla voglia di rendere più facilmente reperibili informazioni e nuovi driver ottimizzati per la scheda video INTEL GMA 500.
Tutto il materiale postato su questo canale è completamente gratuito e testato dal mio fedele Asus 1101HA. Per tal Motivo non posso garantirne il corretto funzionamento su altri dispositivi nè mi assumo eventuali rischi per danni a cose o persone causati dall'uso improrio delle instruzioni contenute nelle varie guide.
Tutti i marchi e\o loghi,disegni ed immagini contenuti nelle sezioni appartengono ai rispettivi proprietari per eventuali problemi di copyright o consigli non esitate a conttattarmi tramite l'apposito pulsante.

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Blog's IEMGD 1.18  Spread Chart (Aug-Jan 2014):
Total Download = above 5000+
Windows 7\8\8.1 Users: 59%
Windows XP Users: 41%
In order to my decision about closing GMA500 Support at the end of this year (2015), 
My Blog is under a full MAINTENANCE!
Note. The only project that will remain alive will be Optimus IEMGD (ext.2016)
POSTs  will be fixed or Upgraded and added at the following list:
-Feature,overclock gma and games sections fixed
Moving some post to reorder-> check 
-Eliminated battery post: not usefull.
-Fused Gma500Hidden Setting webpage with intel GMA overclock post..not still fixed
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Last RoadMap: (Pending Projects)
-IEMGD 1.18 Final Revision: [Minor Upgrade]
*Extended Support for US15 platform for Windows 7\8\8.1\10 (on march i will close my tests for Win 10 and probably final release will be available Q3 2015 because i can't still know if it will compatible with win10 RTM version).
*Updated Installer with framework 3.5
-IEMGD 1.18 XP  Rev 0.2 beta: [Experimental but Good Upgrade]
*Reduced Package 
*added a new installer and fixed unistaller
*added tryicon for brightness and VGA port support (workaround fixes)
Note XP driver doesn't support hardware decoding for Adobe Flash and DXVA2 but has a good software rendering (it can be used also in win7)
-2016: The blog will be revisited,cleaned and refreshed.
-Optimus IEMGD 1.2 (probably Q3 2015) adding some extra feature

Ext. Dates:
IEMGD XP->Q3\Q4 2015: Actual status 79%
IEMGD 7-8-10->Q4 2015: Actual status 10% (really few time and i need to test it on win10 and 7)
Optimus IEMGD 1.2-> Q1 2016.. before complete this release i need to close support for iemgd (be patient..it's an hobby not my work :D )

News:
+Optimus IEMGD 1.1 is out! 31 Jan 2015 (NEW FRAMEWORK 4.5)
+Updating GMA500Booster Dropbox Cloud: some problems may occur with direct downloads
+On windows 8.1 (my actual os) Opera Browser new update 26 (Jan 2015) LOST Hardware Video Deconding like Internet Explorer and Chrome! (Bad news!)
+Windows 10 Test: Great features were showed but i don't think our pc will be able to run it.
In the old build of Tech Preview this was my score for GPU but also CPU wasn't so brillant...i will take a new test with the RTM version

Windows 8.x - Windows 10 Page fault in nonpaged area - Adobe Flash Player - Video Player

Hi, while i'm fixing IEMGD Add-on i have tested few things:

-BSoD with page fault error can't be fixed on win 8-10. It's an internal video driver bug that appears with restart  PC function randomly. In the first moment i thinked the problem was the new hybrid solution for restart\start pc but also disabling it the problem remain. Then i tested the editing of paging file with +1,5XRam (my pc has 2gb and the page file should be 3GB).
At the end of the tests: I can't find a solution with a closed source driver. Sorry :(
Workaround: don't use restart pc function or reduce\disable error dump (disable kernel debugger)
Option 1) BSoD will be always available but no dump file will be created
control panel->system->Advanced Settings->Startup in Advanced Tab->Settings button:
Option 2) Disable Kernel Debugger (disable all kernel errors: BSoD)
Open MS-DOS prompt with Admin Rights: bcdedit -debug off ->Reboot to apply it
Option 3) Edit BSoD Color and face
NotMyFault: Program 
Other Info: here


-Adobe Flash Player: windows and browsers are changing the way to support video streaming. Now HTML5 is new standard and expecially internet explorer is removing hardware rendering on adobe flash files.
I have just used a new web browser: QupZilla that doesn't support HTML5  but has a good basic ads remover and plays Adobe videos with hardware render. 720p videos are now playable (note access to youtube account and edit the dashboard)
Hidden Dashboard

High Quality

Remove widgets

-VideoPlayer: Still good MPHC with LAV codec,  Render Enhanced Video (NOT CUSTOM), DXVA2 Enabled from internal filter\decoder video
On asus 1101ha isn't possible to play videos in power saving mode <1000MHz. I belive is a OS stability problem

-Win10 10130 video app uses GMA500 hardware rendering installing specific codec but the performance isn't still good just wait RTM version 29 July 2015 and check results


Latest News
ChangeLog Driver for XP (Q4 2015):
-Fixed incorrect video output detection (require always system restart)
-Working Backlight Fn Button Keys (inverted after hybernation or sleep mode)
-Intel Try Icon (optional)
-Fixed Uninstaller (now the voice is present in remove programs and functions area)
Note: SleepMode Mode and VGA Port tested and working

ChangeLog Driver for 7/8/8.1/10 (ext. Q4 2015): Minor Update
-Disabled WPF Hardware rendering
-IEMGD Add-on updated
-Fixed installer with Win8-Win10 release
-Trying to Fix bug with restart function under Win8/8.1/10 (impossible to fix)
Note: SleepMode Mode and VGA Port tested and working

ChangeLog Optimus IEMGD 1.2 (ext. Q4 2015)
-Workaround for Mesa 3D in Software Rendering mode
-Advanced section enabled (various new settings)
-Left click menu to change brightness quicky or change rendering mode

ChangeLog Optimus IEMGD 1.2.1 (ext Q2 2016)
-Added some function of GMA500Hidden Settings in the program+ Win Settings  ONLY for personal experiments (i still don't know if this release will be the last or 1.3 will be: The only thing that remain is CPU overclock and fanspeed control but this require a lot of time to study access to embedded hardware. Sorry :| Wait and see)

Tested only with my asus 1101ha :) Test are complete but i need time to program Iemgd Add-on
No more test will be done! The best gma500 support is still in Windows 7 (opengl fully supported and directx backcompatibility for older games). If you don't like win7 graphic try trasformation packs
Thank you for supporting and downloading from gma500booster.blogspot

Legacy Backlight and my strange ideas For Windows and Intel

Another day playing with my device :) I'm improving my programming language knowledge but i'm still at a basic level. Anyway few peolpe share informations and i want to know more.
Let's start with some cheats: Exported from EeeCtl and are replicable also with RWeverithing program
/* kiwidrew's work */
#define EC_ST00                         0xF451 // ACPI: Temperature of CPU (C)
#define EC_SC02                         0xF463 // ACPI: Fan PWM duty cycle (%)
#define EC_SC05                         0xF466 // ACPI: High byte of fan speed (RPM)
#define EC_SC06                         0xF467 // ACPI: Low byte of fan speed (RPM)
#define EC_SFB3                         0xF4D3 // ACPI: Flag byte containing SF25 (FANctrl)

#define GPIO_PIN_VOLTAGE        0x0066 //

#define EC_FPWMH1                       0xFE26
#define EC_FPWML1                       0xFE27

1)Legacy Backlight,WORKS ONLY ON WINDOWS XP
This info was present also in intel documents
Path: Bus 0 Device 2 (Intel VGA Card)
Path where insert Brightness Level:  0xF4
Value Setted by EeeCtl:
UltraBright: FF the maximum value for brightness
Bright: B2
Medium: 7F
Low: 4C
Lowest: 19

Accepted values: 1-99 (1-15=really low values) and combination 0;1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9; A;B;C;D;E;F

2)Replacing Windows Kernel 10 with Kernel 6.4 (Win 10 old preview. Maybe it can reduce BSoD under Win10? NOT STILL TESTED), HAL and setting a Multi-OS Boot (reduce BSoD under win10??? not tested and some problems may appear)
Thanks to MSDN: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff542202%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
ps. bcedit command is also used to remove digital firm check, insert F8 function on boot for Win8 and many other things Windows 10 last release is really more stable and doesn't require kernel downgrade

3)Replacing Video Basic Driver under Win 7:NOT STILL CHECKED but my aim is to use in Software Rendering IEMGD XP version and in Hardware Rendering IEMGD 7 version. Really cool but need more time to check if it is possible.

4)Fan Speed and Temperature Controller: Part of Embedded Controller need more time to understand if is possible to use also a powershell script to manage it

5)Registry Settings for Win 8-10 that I have to test: (i reported here to remember them)
(Because newer Os uses DWM and should be a problem for GMA500)
-RTL_REGISTRY_CONTROL\GraphicsDrivers\Scheduler\VsyncIdleTimeout 
REG_DWORD 10 = default ;  0 = disable VSync control
RTL_REGISTRY_CONTROL is the same as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Avalon.Graphics\DisableHWAcceleration 
DWORD value 1=Disabled Hardware acceleration ; 0=Enable Hardware acceleration
-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Avalon.Graphics\MaxMultisampleType
DWORD Value min0 max16
Default: 4 
-Intel Performance Mode: Enabled by default
-Triple Buffer
-Try to disable\enable some Hardware Codec Rendering
-Risparmio Energetico prestazioni multimediali MSDN
-Brightness check HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Services\ Monitor\ Parameters\
-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager \Memory Management\SecondLevelDataCache
Check: Under XP with Atom Z520 L2 Cache isn't recognized. So win uses standard value=0 that is 256K. Anyway Atom Z520 has L2 cache= 512K   Performance Improve= +0,5%
-Selezionate la voce "Computer"(menù avvio)->"Proprietà"->"Protezione Sistema"->"Configura".
-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager \Memory  with pagingfile turned off ClearPageFileAtShutdown=0

More things will be described when i will find some strange solution.
K


IEMGD 1.18 XP version PREVIEW for 1366x768 display with video output CH7317

This is a little preview of IEMGD 1.18 XP edition revion 0.1.1 (still more things to fix).
Anyway it works only on 1366x768 displays with video output (sDVO) CH 7317...compatible with Asus 1101HA, 1201HA, Acer AO751H and so on.
ChangeLog:
-Fixed Backlight Problem with Fn button (after hybernation control is inverted on Asus 1101HA but i suppose it's not fixable via software but only via ACPI..really a minor problem)
-Fixed VGA port enabled: Just boot your pc with a cable plugged-in or insert cable->then put windows sleep mode->reactivate windows then run Utilities\EMGDGUI.exe -> Display Config and select Display config Mode (clone,single,ect)

Still remain to do:
Intel Try icon with fast VGA detect workaround and Intel tool
Installer\Uninstaller
Reduce Package

DOWNLOAD LINK

As always test and report

In final rev0.2: Intel tray Icon, Uninstaller and register fixes
 
0.2 Internal Debug: Tray icon and functions on windows xp
Setup Plug-in: IEMGD Add-on XP Retrò (Vintage)


Generic Intel GMA - Video Card integrated - Tips

This post was written to add informations for other types of GPU (in the future i will change my device and so i will start new project basing from this news)

1)DVMT: Dynamic Video Memory Technology is a method to allocate dinamically RAM to the GPU for increase 2d\3d performance. In Integrated solutions this setting is editable by system bios.
To change this setting during boot press F2 (or equivalent F button to access to the bios) in some submenu you will find the string with a value, just increase it.
Another way is to edit the registry of gpu on fly as described in gma500 Hidden Settings section. For know wich is the offset to edit with RWeverything just google for your platform datasheet (usually Intel stored them in his servers)
2)Brightness controller, CPU Manager, MESA 3D, Avalon Hardware Settings, Disable \ Enable GPU \VGA\ Video for Win7 or more. This solution is applicable in all devices with Optimus IEMGD. Just contact me and i will edit my program to run with your GPU. Requires min Win 7
3)Intel GMA INI File: This is a really important file that integrate all registry settings for the GPU. Usally strings change with different GPUs but as you can read above some string is always equal:
Name of Vendor and GPU serial name: 8086=Intel product; 8108=GPU name: GMA500
Location on windows registry: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers; HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VIDEO\
Ram available: MaximumDeviceMemoryConfiguration = 256
max connected display to the output ports (VGA,HDMI ect): MaximumNumberOfDevices = 2
Detect the HDMI clable in ms [standard time 550ms, you can increase if hdmi is not detected or decrease for a faster detection (+ or - 10ms)]: HotPlugDelay, %REG_DWORD%, 550

4)Post Processing: A tecnique to add more quality at a game.
5)Software rendering: Sometime the gpus integrated are really slow but the cpu can be good. So is possible to elaborate video pixels via CPU. The methods are different read down:
-WARP: Software rasterized included with Directx 11. With this can be also playable game for direct from direcetx 9.1 to 11.2 (but performance are not good also with powerful cpu. It's a debug mode for developers)
-SwiftShader: https://www.transgaming.com/swiftshader (watermarked but you can find online an old version without watermark)
-Vertex Software Processing
6)Downscaling to adapt 1024x600 to 1024x768 pixel:
Some gpu integrate the possibility to downscale Monitor with real 1024x600 to fake 1024x768 (to play correctly windows app). This solution is applicable or in INI file before install the driver or in windows registry or with this program (may not work with some device).Look for Display1_DownscalingSupported and set value to 1
Note. Not valid for GMA 500 devices
7)Overclocking GPU:  programs are Gmabooster (for GMA 900-945-950); SetIGP; manually with a datasheet and RWeverything. Doesn't work with GMA500
8)DTD
9)Video Player and Codecs: You should know if your GPU supports HW acceleration and for what kind of video formats. Read Video Player Section for more news .
Here I will upload some codec
PowerDVD codec
Intel US15 Video codec (win vista)
10)Alternative Video Drivers: This point depends from the intrest of developer about your video card.
For intel are only available for few cards Embedded driver:
Supported Platforms by IEGD 10.4 (2011)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 and Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset (Formerly Navy Pier)
Intel® Atom™ Processors N450, D410, and D510 with Intel® 82801HM I/O Controller Platform (Formerly Luna Pier)
Intel® Atom™ Processor Z5xx Series and Intel® System Controller Hub (Formerly Embedded Menlow)
Intel® Core™2 Duo, Intel® Celeron® and Intel® Celeron® M Processors with Mobile Intel® GM45, Intel® GS45, and Intel® GL40 Express Chipset (Formerly Montevina)
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9400 or Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E8400 with Intel® Q45 Express Chipset (Formerly McCreary)

Supported Platforms by IEGD 10.3.1 (2011)
Mobile Intel® 945GME Express Chipset
Intel® 945G Express Chipset
Intel® Q45, G41 and G45 Express chipsets
Mobile Intel® GM45, GL40 and GS45 Express chipsets
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q965 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 910GMLE and 915GME Express chipsets
Intel® 915GV Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® GME965 and GLE960 Express chipsets
For all other GPU just google or look here:

POST NOT STILL COMPLETE!